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Saturday, October 22, 2016
London: forum on refugees and environment
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¬†Some of Britain's leading Catholic Justice and Peace agencies have joined forces to organise a day for parishes to consider 'Refugees and the Environment'. The National Catholic Refugee Forum Day is taking place in Pimlico, central London, on Saturday 8 October. Its intention is to help people examine and share insights on the global environment crisis and its role in forcing individuals to flee their homes ≠ for instance, the effects of mining and logging on local communities. However, organisers also want to give participants the chance to discuss the situation in the UK, share ideas and work together to find solutions. Among those leading sessions will be Nick Hildyard from the Corner House, Marta Hinestroza, an environmental activist from Colombia and refugee in the UK, and Richard Solly from the Churches' Commission for Racial Justice. The prayer will be led by Fr Paul Fleetwood OSB of Worth Abbey. "Hurricane Katrina certainly gave people food for thought," said the Refugee Forum's National Co-ordinator, Uta Sievers. "It's led to the displacement of so many people and has all the common features of a 'refugee-creating' crisis; so our keynote address will look at refugees and ecological disasters. But we also want the afternoon sessions to be very practical, so Pat Gaffney (General Secretary of Pax Christi) will be leading a workshop on 'Marking World Migration Day 2005 in our Parishes', and there'll also be a session on 'Good Practice in Welcoming Refugees into our Communities' led by Shari Brown, Co-ordinator of Birmingham Churches Together project, Restore. Everyone will be welcome: refugees, those who work with them and anyone else interested in finding out more." The Refugee Forum Day is being held at Holy Apostles Church Hall, Cumberland Street, Pimlico, London SW1, from 10am till 4.30pm on Saturday, 8 October. There is no fee, but donations will be gratefully received. For further information, contact Uta Sievers on 07871 646 224 or go to The Refugee Forum Day is being organised by the National Catholic Refugee Forum, in partnership with Catholic Association for Racial Justice, Catholic Institute for International Relations, Churches' Commission for Racial Justice, Columban Missionary Service, Jesuit Refugee Service and Pax Christi.
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